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Rails, Rods & Steel Wheels Car Show
Classic Car and Motorcycle Show fundraiser for Southern Pacific Engine 2355 Sponsored by the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation (a 501c 3 Organization)
Food and Beverages, Live Entertainment, Kid’s Bounce House, Raffle Prizes and Train Gift Shop.
Come and see this historic old train and join in the festivities! Prizes will be awarded to the top three most popular vehicles as voted on by show attendees and all entrants will receive a goody bag and commemorative tee shirt.
Engine 2355 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1912 in Philadelphia for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Ten were built with this specific configuration, but only two remain.
These trains provided freight service and also transported troops during World Wars I and II
On April 9, 1958, Southern Pacific steam locomotive 2355 arrived in Mesa under its own power.
Children of all ages were allowed to climb aboard the train, and it is estimated that 1300 children played on it the first weekend it was installed. There is hardly
a person who grew up in Mesa who does not remember playing on the train.
In the 1990s the locomotive no longer met national safety standards and it was fenced off.
The committee’s goal is to move the train to a new location in the park, very near the proposed Light Rail Station and have it become part of a permanent landmark, providing both historical and educational information at the site about the locomotive, as well as the importance of the railroad in Mesa and the Salt River Valley.
The cost to move the train is estimated at about $75,000. Also needed is asbestos abatement. Funds will also be needed for the facelift and a planned shade structure.
To date, the committee has raised approximately half the cost for the move. Approximately $7,000 has been used for the restoration of the bell, whistle and light, which are part of a traveling exhibition at various sites in Mesa.
The Save Our Train committee serves under the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation, which is a 501-c-3 non-profit group.